Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Uber stylish mp player
Apple iPod nano (5G) 8 GB
Member Name: brady58
Apple iPod nano (5G) 8 GB
Advantages: Music sounds great and is lovely looking
Disadvantages: The features are not all they are cracked up to be
I have had ipods for years pretty much since the first one way back when and have always upgraded them when the newer ones have come out. Sometimes the upgrades have been worth it and sometimes they haven't but I currently have both an ipod touch and a 5th generation nano which in my opinion are the two best ones yet. I love the touch and it is the most feature filled but I probably use the nano more often just die to the fact it is so small and light.
Like all ipods the 5th generation nano is a gorgeous looking mp3 player. I was originally going to get the pink coloured one due to me being a little bit of a pink fiend but when I seen them in the flesh the green colour is the one that stood out to me the most. It is made of polished aluminium and looks bright, vivid and shiny and is definitely an eye catcher.
It looks a lot like the other generation nanos but there are a few differences. With the 5th gen nano the screen size has been increased to 2.2 inches which takes up half of the front of the nano. Apple have also in their wisdom decided to include a video camera with the nano and there are now loads of cool little features that are exclusive to this version. As with the other nanos controlling it is done with a scroll wheel located below the screen which also contains the buttons to access the menu, play/pause and forward and back.
The best thing about ipods is their ease of use. Pretty much out of the box my nano was up and running within a few minutes. As I already have itunes I just had to connect the usb cable supplied (which also acts as a charger) and the nano synced with my computer. For a newbie to the world of Apple and ipods in general setting up should just be as easy, all you would have to do is create an itunes account and the software should do the rest for you.
The scroll wheel is a pleasure to use and is really responsive and much more accurate than the touch screen on the ipod touch.
The whole thing is really intuitive to use and finding music and creating playlists of your favourite songs is easy.
Music sounds absolutely incredible with the nano. It is crystal clear and there is no tininess. Apple include their bog standard earphones which are a bit of a love it or hate it product. Personally I like the earphones but I know some people who absolutely detest them so it's wise to try them before making the decision to go out and spend a fortune on new ones as for me they are more than adequate.
I only bought the 8gb version which is capable of holding up to 2000 songs which is more than enough for my needs.
The video camera is a nice touch but a little bit redundant on something like the nano which is basically for just playing music. It would have been much better served to have included one with the ipod touch instead. The quality is just not that good and while it is ok it's not something I've used more than a couple of times as the camera n my phone is better.
There is also a radio player included which is great and another thing I thought I'd use more but haven't really other than in the first burst of enthusiasm when It was new.
The larger screen means that you can also watch video on the nano but this isn't really as successful as it could have been and again I think it is a waste of time on the nano and much better served on the touch.
The best new feature which works incredibly well is the ability to shake the nano to change the song, I love this feature and am always doing it when a song comes on that I'm not keen on.
Battery life is very impressive on the nano and is a million times better than the more feature heavy ipod touch. A single charge can last me a few days of constant use whereas with the touch I am always having to constantly charge it when using it regularly.
For around £110 I think the nano is overpriced. In my opinion apple would have been better stripping back on some of the features and marketing the nano as solely a music player as it will never be capable of competing with the touch as a true multi-media device and for most people a lot of the features on the nano will never be used. This would lower the price and make it much more competitive but then again what do i know.
As an mp player the nano really can't be beat, it is small, slim, light, extremely stylish and most importantly music sounds great on it. If you are looking for a music player that only plays music then I thoroughly recommend the nano but if you are tempted by its video camera and capability to play films then I think you will come away disappointed and would be much better investing in an ipod touch.
For me the size and weight make this a perfect day to day music player that I can take everywhere with me and I love the bright colour and yes I will admit I love the fact it is also uber stylish to be seen with it.
Summary: A brillint music player but don't be fooled into thinking it is all singing and dancing
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